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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

In the mid-February issue, I listed "all" the SF and fantasy films coming in 2006, and gave my picks as to which ones would be worth watching (which is not the same as which ones would make money). I missed a few, so I have a new list below, which also includes a couple of associational titles. An animated version of Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales of Earthsea has been released in Japan, but no US release date is known at this time.

All of the following except the last are written by the director, a bad omen.

The Illusionist, by Neil Burger, from a short story by Steven Millhauser
About a turn-of-the-century stage magician.

The Descent, by Neil Marshall
Dueling banjoes underground. Wait for the DVD if you want to see the original ending, too bloody for the cinemall.

300, by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

The Illusionist
The Wicker Man
Night of the Living Dead 3D

Children of Men, by Alfonso Cuarón, from the book by P. D. James
Women stop having children.

The Wicker Man, by Nicholas Cage
Here come the pagans, better watch out.

The Prestige, by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, from the novel by Christopher Priest
About a turn-of-the-century stage magician.

Night of the Living Dead 3D, by Jeff Broadbent, based on material created by George A. Romero, John A. Russon, and Robert Valding
Zombies, as if you didn't know.

The Fountain, by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel
A thousand years of love.

Eragon, by Peter Buchman, Lawrence Konner, and Mark Rosenthal, from the novel by Christopher Paolini

And coming in 2007, wait for it... Godzilla, 3D to the Max.

On TV in August
Tuesday, August 1
Eureka Before I Forget

Friday, August 4
Stargate: SG-1 Insiders, by Alan McCullough
Stargate Atlantis Sateda, by Brad Wright

Sunday, August 6
The 4400 The Starlz Mutation, by Craig Sweeny

Tuesday, August 8
Eureka Alienated

Friday, August 11

Sunday, August 13
The 4400 The Gospel According to Collier

Tuesday, August 15
Eureka Invincible

Friday, August 18
Stargate: SG-1 The Uninvited, Damian Kindler
Stargate Atlantis Progeny I, by Carl Binder

Sunday, August 20
The 4400 Terrible Swift Sword

Tuesday, August 22
Eureka Dr. Nobel

Friday, August 25
Stargate: SG-1 200 (Jack O'Neil returns amid in-jokes, Star Trek references)
Stargate Atlantis The Real World II, by Carl Binder

Sunday, August 27
The 4400 Fifty-Fifty

Tuesday, August 29
Eureka Callister Raynes

Friday, August 31
Stargate: SG-1 Counter Strike, by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
Stargate Atlantis Common Ground, by Ken Cuperus

The only film/TV I'm really looking forward to for the rest of 2006 is the return of Battlestar Galactica.

Coming in 2007
new Babylon 5 episodes, direct to video.

Now that I'm looking forward to.

Coming in 2008
animated TV Star Wars

Coming in 2010
live action TV Star Wars

I have a bad feeling about this.

Copyright © 2006 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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